Former NFL Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, is expected to take on a much different role on the football field. Instead of playing, he'll be on the sidelines as the replacement sportscaster for Phil Simms on CBS, Yahoo Sports reported. The network deal hasn't yet been solidified in ink, but Romo has verbally agreed to join Jim Nantz from the sportscasting box.
He shared the news on his personal Twitter account.
Not everyone is thrilled about Romo's new gig, though. Veteran sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein, who spent nearly two decades with CBS and ESPN/ABC, expressed her vehement disapproval of the deal.
She cited his lack of sportscasting experience.
Tony Romo, w ZERO broadcast experience, reportedly replacing Phil Simms on CBS' #1 NFL game crew.— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) April 4, 2017
No offense. But that's total crap.
"But that's total crap."
Romo/2 A network's #1 NFL analyst is one of the most coveted positions in all of sports broadcasting. For those of u who think...— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) April 4, 2017
Romo/3 "All they do is talk," *live* broadcasting so much harder than you realize! Try, on the fly, sharing cohesive thoughts in 10-15 secs.— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) April 4, 2017
She didn't hold back.
Romo/4 I like Tony. As a fan, I hope he'll be a great listen!— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) April 4, 2017
But I've worked on that crew. And I know how tough that gig is. That's all.
Other sports media professionals echo similar concerns. Jason Fitzgerald, an expert in NFL-related affairs, called the deal "pretty crazy."
That seems pretty crazy for CBS to just give Romo the top job like that.— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) April 4, 2017
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